Dr David Croft
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Contact details:
+61 8 8978 1131

Research & Current Projects

My primary interest is in the behavioural ecology of marsupials, especially the kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. Field studies on the behavioural ecology of arid-zone kangaroos are conducted at the Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station and Sturt National Park, with further study of other species in the seasonally arid wet-dry tropics (Northern Territory).


Klöcker, U., Croft, D.B. and Ramp, D. (2006). Frequency and causes of kangaroo-vehicle collisions on an Australian outback highway. Wildlife Research 33: 1-11.

Ben-Ami, D., Ramp, D. and Croft, D.B. (2006). Population viability assessment and sensitivity analysis as a management tool for the peri-urban environment. Urban Ecosystems 9: 227-241.
Ramp. D. and Croft, D.B. (2006). Do wildlife warning reflectors elicit aversion in captive macropods? Wildlife Research 33: 583-590.
Ramp, D., Wilson, V.K., Croft, D.B. (2006). Assessing the impacts of roads in peri-urban reserves: road-based fatalities and road usage by wildlife in the Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Biological Conservation 129: 348-359.
Croft, D.B. and Eisenberg, J.F. (2006). Behaviour. In, Armati, P.J., Dickman, C.R. and Hume, I.D. (eds.), Marsupials. Pp. 229-298. (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge).
Nakamura, T., Ito, M., Croft, D. B., and Westbrook, R. F. (2006). Domestic pigeons (Columba livia) discriminate between photographs of male and female pigeons. Learning & Behavior34: 327-339.
Croft, D.B., Montague-Drake, R. and Dowle, M. (2007). Biodiversity and water point closure: is the grazing piosphere a persistent effect? In, Dickman, C., Lunney, D. and Bergin, S. (eds.), Animals of Arid Australia: out on their own, Pp. 143-171. (Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman).
Stamation, K., Croft, D.B., Shaughnessy, P.D. and Waples, K.A. (2007). Observations of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding during their southward migration along the coast of southeastern New South Wales, Australia: Identification of a possible supplemental feeding ground. Aquatic Mammals 33(2): 165-174.
Stamation, K.A., Croft, D.B., Shaughnessy, P.D, Waples, K.A. and Briggs, S.V. (2007). Educational and conservational value of whale watching. Tourism in Marine Environments 4(1): 41-55.
Collins, L. and Croft, D.B. (2007). Factors influencing chick survival in the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audaxCorella 31(2): 32-40.

Silva, L.M. and Croft, D.B. (2007). Nest-site selection, diet and parental care of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax in Western New South Wales. Corella 31(2): 23-31.

Lee, E. and Croft, D.B. (2008). The effects of an arid-zone road on vertebrates: what are the management priorities? In, Lunney, D., Munn, A. and Meikle, W. (eds.), Too Close for Comfort: Contentious issues in human-wildlife encounters, Pp. 105-117. (Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman).
Lovasz, T., Croft, D.B. and Banks, P. (2008). Establishing tourism guidelines for viewing Australian Sea Lions Neophoca cinerea at Seal Bay Conservation Park, South Australia. In, Lunney, D., Munn, A. and Meikle, W. (eds.), Too Close for Comfort: Contentious issues in human-wildlife encounters, Pp. 225-232. (Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman).
Croft, D.B. (2008). Kangaroo crazy: Should we eat roo? BBC Wildlife 26(10): 52-57.
Munn, A.J., Dawson, T.J., McLeod, S.R., Croft, D.B., Thompson, M.B. and Dickman, C.R. (2008) Field metabolic rate and water turnover of red kangaroos and sheep in an arid rangeland: an empirically derived dry-sheep-equivalent for kangaroos. Australian Journal of Zoology 57: 22-28.
Croft, D.B. (2009). The whizz herd of OZ. BBC Knowledge. Jan/Feb 2009: 66-71.

Lee, E., Croft, D.B. and Ramp, D. (2009). Flight response as a causative factor in kangaroo-vehicle collisions. In, Coulson, G. and Eldridge, M.D. (eds.), The Biology of Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-Kangaroos. Pp. 301-312. (CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood).

Stamation, K.A., Croft, D.B., Shaughnessy, P.D., Waples, K.A. and Briggs, S.V. (2010). Behavioral responses of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to whale-watching vessels on the southeastern coast of Australa. Marine Mammal Science 26(1): 98-122.
Garvey, N., Ben-Ami, D., Ramp, D. and Croft, D.B. (2010). Survival behaviour of swamp wallabies during prescribed burning and wildfire. Wildlife Research 37: 1-12.